The team of consultants charged with coming up with a future design for the downtown business district in Hampton Bays is turning to the community for suggestions.
Historical Concepts Architecture and Planning, the Georgia-based architectural firm hired to assist the town with the planning process, has just launched an online survey that is designed to gauge what aspects of the hamlet’s business district should be upgraded and which sections should remain the same.
The survey—which hamlet residents can access at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDT2NV9—shows pictures of different main streets from across the country that feature varying designs of buildings, different sized sidewalks, and various dominant colors and themes. Survey respondents are then asked to select which designs they would like to see incorporated into the Hampton Bays business district, which primarily includes the stretch of Montauk Highway between Springville Road and Ponquogue Avenue. It also includes Good Ground Park.
Currently, the entire area is zoned as village business, though new overlay zones that are now being discussed by town officials could eventually open those properties to alternate uses further down the road.
The survey, which was just launched this week, asks if a responder lives in Hampton Bays full time or is a visitor.
The architects want to use the collected information to create a “pattern book” specifically geared for Hampton Bays. The book would serve as an illustrated guide that property owners and their architects can consult when it comes to possibly reconfiguring or redesigning buildings in the corridor.
Revitalizing the hamlet of Hampton Bays, with a specific focus on the downtown area, has been on the town’s radar for several years. One of the first steps is to create the pattern book, which is why all hamlet residents are encouraged to complete the survey. In addition to deciding what kinds of buildings and designs are desired, their responses, officials said, will help determine if the town should offer alternate zoning in the area, similar to what it did with the creation of overlay districts in the hamlet of Riverside.